The Bias Claims Are Not Necessarily False?

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Every year, college football fans become engrossed with the weekly rankings released after the weekend’s games. Unsurprisingly, the standings often attract much criticism when a team is not placed as high as the fans feel it should be. Three of the most well-known ranking systems, based on algorithms as well as voting, include the Associated Press Poll, the Coaches Poll, and the College Football Playoff rankings. Often, there are discrepancies between each of these polls and fans are quick to make claims of bias when one poll ranks their team lower, or a rival team higher. However, in some cases, the bias claims are not necessarily false. Due to the nature of the polling system, a certain level of bias is simply unavoidable, and a more effective ranking system can only attempt to minimize this bias. One of the well-known polling systems is the Associated Press College Football Top 25 poll. The top 25 teams according to Associated Press are “determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks college football’s best teams” (Associated Press). This points system is based roughly on the Borda Count, where the best No. 1 team is given 25 points and each following ranked team is given 1 less point and the total points are added across all the voters. However, the bias comes into play when the 60 individuals vote. The votes are compiled from sportswriters and broadcasters from various states and not every state has an equal number of voted allocated. For example,
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